car comparison

The last (and only) sporty car I owned was a 1980 Datsun 200SX. It was my first new car purchase, and I drove it until my move to florida in 1985, when I sold it because it was not equipped with air conditioning. Since then, I’ve driven only wagons and minivans. Now, I’ve just acquired a sporty Mazda 3 Touring S 4 door coupe, and the technology advancements and increased value is quite remarkable. This Mazda is a blast to drive, I got the large 17" alloy wheels, the biggest engine available, and a 5 speed manual transmission.

 

Value comparison of my sporty compact cars
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1980 Datsun 200SX
original cost: $11,400 *
rear wheel drive
2.0 litre engine
5 speed
2 door
vinyl seats
luggage bar on trunk lid

crank windows
manual door locks

AM/FM radio
no AC

2006 Mazda 3 S Touring
original cost: $17,600
front wheel drive
2.3 litre engine
5 speed
4 door
side curtain airbags
antilock brakes
cruise control
power windows
power door locks
keyless entry/alarm
radio/CD/mp3 CD/6 disc changer
AC

*value in current $$ per this inflation calculator would be $28,952 !!!

 

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